Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin


A former museum curator faces an additional 21 theft counts involving American Indian artifacts authorities say were stolen from collections of the State Historical Society. David L. Wooley, 52, Madison, was charged in October with felony theft of a Ho-Chunk prophet stick that was sold and later returned to the collection. In an amended criminal complaint Wooley was charged early this month with one count of misdemeanor theft, 10 counts of theft involving items values between $1,000 and $2,500 and 11 counts of theft of items valued at more than $2,500. Total value of the items - including beaded clothing, a horse bridle, pottery and jewelry - is estimated between $110,000 and $173,000, the complaint shows. If convicted, Wooley would face up to 130 years and nine months in prison. Authorities say he kept some items and others were sold to collectors. The former curator of anthropology at the museum is free on a signature bond. His next court appearance is Jan. 17.